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Hell-Fire Half and 10K

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The Hell-Fire Half & 10K race follows a moderately hilly course just outside High Wycombe, with a couple of steep gains through the middle portion. This race attracts racers from all walks of life creating a great atmosphere. A perfect taster for beginners, or steady race for veteran runners.

Review summary

11 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Matt D
"My first half marathon and I loved it. It was a challenging course with the..."


Bob F
"Well organised race, water stations, marshals and support was spot on... the..."


James H
"Fantastic event but very challenging with the first half up several very steep..."
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Hell-Fire Half and 10K routes

Route: The race starts and finishes in Adams Park, High Wycombe and leads runners through the attractive gardens of West Wycombe Park and parts of The Chilterns (an area of outstanding natural beauty). The Half Marathon route climbs 382 meters whilst the 10K route includes approximately 190 meters of vertical climb. The majority of the elevation gain comes in two sizable hills right in the middle of the course, so save some power in those legs.

Both the Half Marathon and the 10K races take runners through a combination of tarmac and off-road trails, so be sure to pack shoes that can handle the terrain.

Participants end their race back where they started with a dramatic stadium finish.

Event Details

  • Ticket to The Hell-Fire Caves
  • Finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Refreshments
  • Chip timing & online results


08:00 - Race registration and bib collection opens

09:00 - On-the-day entries close (subject to availability)

09:30 - Race Start

  • Running shoes (appropriate for the mixed terrain)
  • Performance clothing
  • Race refreshments & nutrition (optional)

Spectators are encouraged to come down to this event to cheer on family and friends. The more the merrier - it makes race-day that much more exciting.

Volunteers can request to Marshall these events, to submit your interest fill in the form via the following link:

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Hell-Fire Half timed?
The Hell-Fire Half and 10K races are chip timed, which give racers accurate and professional results.
How hilly is the Hell-Fire Half and 10K?
The route is moderately hilly, the Half involves 382 meters of ascent with the 10K route involving approximately 190 meters. In both the routes a large portion of the altitude gain comes from two main hills, the rest of the route is fairly flat.
What is the address of the Hell-Fire Half and 10K?
The Hell-Fire Half and 10K starts and finishes at Adams Park, High Wycombe.

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We’re a friendly, sociable crowd. We come in all shapes, sizes and ages, both male and female; there are around 170 of us, with a wide range of abilities, some of us more competitive than others, we all love to run… We are the Handy Cross Runners. Whether you are an experienced runner or considering taking it up, please come along to see us and the facilities we have to offer. You’ll find it much more fun than running alone.


Hell-Fire Half and 10K reviews (11)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Love it tough course like the road and trail mix will definitely do this course again next year thanx
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Stunning Route, hilly but stunning, not a course to beat your PB, but certainly one to add to the LETSDOTHIS list
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    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Good race, 30% trail. Stunning views and very well organised with regular water points and lots of marshals
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    James H

    Did the 10k in 2019

    Fantastic event but very challenging with the first half up several very steep hills. But then, boom you get to around 6km and it’s down hill with stunning views. Great t shirt and goody bag at the end. Well down everyone.
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    Adnan a

    Did the 10k in 2019

    Great run. Good challenge. A good mix of road and trail. Beautiful scenery through west wyc park. Well organised. Nice finish in stadium
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    Dennis M

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great race village , friendly marshalling, easy parking and one hell of course ..Thank you and see you next year !
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    My first half marathon and I loved it. It was a challenging course with the hills and multitude of running surfaces, but the route was very scenic. The atmosphere was fantastic. There were loads of marshals placed along the entire route, which meant you were never far from support (or help if you needed it) and the marshals were all really enthusiastic. The water stations were placed perfectly in my opinion - just as I needed one it seemed to be there. It was really well organised and all of the runners seemed to love it. The medal, technical t-shirt and goody bag at the end were great too.
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    Daniel C

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great challenging course.
    Marshals were all very supportive.
    Was busy but parking and sign up were good and information given.
    Would happily sign up next year.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Very well organised event with great support along the route, plenty of water stations and marshalls along the way and a great atmosphere. Course was challenging but fun with great scenery. Great medal, tech t-shirt and an overflowing goodie bag.
    Will be back next year!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Well organised race, water stations, marshals and support was spot on... the route was challenging with some spectacular views... lovely tech shirt, medal and packed goodie bag.... Definately one to do again and try for a better time. Fantastic value for money and easy to find with easy parking too.
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